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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233520
Last updated: 3 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-321
Owner/operator:SmartLynx Airlines
Registration: YL-LCQ
C/n / msn: 2211
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 219
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:London Stansted International Airport -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dalaman Airport (DLM/LTBS)
Destination airport:London-Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The SmartLynx flight operated as Thomas Cook Airlines flight 505 (MT-505). An RNAV approach to runway 22 was conducted at night time. A displaced threshold was in effect and consequently an altered RNAV approach designated RNAV22C, requiring a steeper approach angle of 3.5 degrees i.s.o. 3.0. The flight crew conducted the standard RNAV approach however, thereby flying low over the working area and touching down just beyond the displaced threshold. The fact that air traffic control mentioned the revised RNAV approach designator several times and mentioning the steeper approach angle, did not alert the flight crew. They we under the impression that the comments were referring to the PAPI.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of YL-LCQ courtesy

Tenerife Sur - Reina Sofia (GCTS / TFS)
27 April 2018; (c) Danny Grew

Revision history:

03-Mar-2020 17:35 Edwin Added
03-Mar-2020 17:38 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]

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